Help catch pair who stole my beloved classic Mercedes from Westcliff car park

Southend Standard: Upset - Stephen Habermel Upset - Stephen Habermel

A PUBLISHER is distraught after his classic car – worth £50,000 – was stolen from an underground car park.

Stephen Habermel, 55, had left his Mercedes parked at a relative’s flat in Hamilton Grange, Crowstone Avenue, Westcliff.

The bright red 1969 Mercedes 280SL, also known as a Pagoda, was taken by a man and a woman, around 4.30am on Saturday, April 5.

Mr Habermel, who is also Southend councillor for Chalkwell ward, said he bought the car six years ago for less than its current market value of £50,000.

He said: “I’d always liked it since I was a boy. My wife Tracey and I managed to get enough money to get one after working hard for a number of years.

“We loved using it. It never went out very far, the furthest we would take it was to London.”

CCTV from the flats, now handed over to the police, shows a man and a woman hotwiring the car and driving it away, Mr Habermel said.

“It was heartbreaking to watch them do that on the footage,” he added.

He has been searching the area, even going as far as Tilbury docks, in the hope of finding it, but is hoping a member of the public might recognise it.

He said: “It’s a very distinctive car and someone must have seen something. At that time in the morning there might have been people out for a run or seen it.

“They might have seen it being driven, or loaded onto the back of a lorry.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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6:13pm Mon 14 Apr 14

lucy10 says...

cllr Kaye nick it sow she can do quick get away from thope ward
cllr Kaye nick it sow she can do quick get away from thope ward lucy10
  • Score: -21

8:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

lucy10 wrote:
cllr Kaye nick it sow she can do quick get away from thope ward
Best go easy on the booze.
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: cllr Kaye nick it sow she can do quick get away from thope ward[/p][/quote]Best go easy on the booze. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 24

8:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Don't think i would be leaving my Pagoda top Classic Merc in a carpark in Westcliff...for this very reason, cars like this need locking away very securely and have a tracker fitted.
Don't think i would be leaving my Pagoda top Classic Merc in a carpark in Westcliff...for this very reason, cars like this need locking away very securely and have a tracker fitted. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 18

9:56pm Mon 14 Apr 14

artytoit says...

It's a secure, gated, car park. How did they get in and out? Very suspicious!
It's a secure, gated, car park. How did they get in and out? Very suspicious! artytoit
  • Score: 14

9:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

artytoit wrote:
It's a secure, gated, car park. How did they get in and out? Very suspicious!
not that secure it appears.
[quote][p][bold]artytoit[/bold] wrote: It's a secure, gated, car park. How did they get in and out? Very suspicious![/p][/quote]not that secure it appears. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 13

11:12pm Mon 14 Apr 14

southendmike says...

When my son-in-law had a classic motor cycle stolen from his locked garage last year, the police told him that, in many cases of classic vehicle theft, they are stolen "to order" and find their way very quickly into containers and shipped abroad where they are sold to people who are prepared to ask not too many questions about the provenance.

That said, I do hope Mr Habermel gets this lovely car back soon in one piece and undamaged.

As commented above, a Tracker might have been a prudent accessory, and I'm surprised his Insurers hadn't insisted on one being fitted.
When my son-in-law had a classic motor cycle stolen from his locked garage last year, the police told him that, in many cases of classic vehicle theft, they are stolen "to order" and find their way very quickly into containers and shipped abroad where they are sold to people who are prepared to ask not too many questions about the provenance. That said, I do hope Mr Habermel gets this lovely car back soon in one piece and undamaged. As commented above, a Tracker might have been a prudent accessory, and I'm surprised his Insurers hadn't insisted on one being fitted. southendmike
  • Score: 10

3:29am Tue 15 Apr 14

Southend Badman says...

At that time in the morning someone may of been out for a run and seen it

What at 4.30am when the street lights are off? Is this guy an idiot?
At that time in the morning someone may of been out for a run and seen it What at 4.30am when the street lights are off? Is this guy an idiot? Southend Badman
  • Score: -9

8:42am Tue 15 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Southend Badman wrote:
At that time in the morning someone may of been out for a run and seen it

What at 4.30am when the street lights are off? Is this guy an idiot?
,its a fair question by the bloke, not the sort of vehicle you see on the road often and certainly even rarer in the early hours,shame the story comes to light 9 days later.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Badman[/bold] wrote: At that time in the morning someone may of been out for a run and seen it What at 4.30am when the street lights are off? Is this guy an idiot?[/p][/quote],its a fair question by the bloke, not the sort of vehicle you see on the road often and certainly even rarer in the early hours,shame the story comes to light 9 days later. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

8:46am Tue 15 Apr 14

Leighdweller says...

It's a lovely car, but I would be searching a little further afield than Tilbury if I were him.

I hope he finds it, but I'm not sure he will now.
It's a lovely car, but I would be searching a little further afield than Tilbury if I were him. I hope he finds it, but I'm not sure he will now. Leighdweller
  • Score: 6

9:24am Tue 15 Apr 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Southend Badman wrote:
At that time in the morning someone may of been out for a run and seen it

What at 4.30am when the street lights are off? Is this guy an idiot?
Leaving aside the time, you seem to have been sucked into the street lights being turned off misinformation campaign.
The lights don't go off in Southend Borough!
[quote][p][bold]Southend Badman[/bold] wrote: At that time in the morning someone may of been out for a run and seen it What at 4.30am when the street lights are off? Is this guy an idiot?[/p][/quote]Leaving aside the time, you seem to have been sucked into the street lights being turned off misinformation campaign. The lights don't go off in Southend Borough! stopmoaning1
  • Score: 19

1:09pm Tue 15 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Insurance Jobby ???
Insurance Jobby ??? CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

lucy10 wrote:
cllr Kaye nick it sow she can do quick get away from thope ward
...and again in English?
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: cllr Kaye nick it sow she can do quick get away from thope ward[/p][/quote]...and again in English? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Southend Badman says...

Leighdweller wrote:
It's a lovely car, but I would be searching a little further afield than Tilbury if I were him.

I hope he finds it, but I'm not sure he will now.
Its probably in the Indian ocean with the crash plane. Its another mystery.
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: It's a lovely car, but I would be searching a little further afield than Tilbury if I were him. I hope he finds it, but I'm not sure he will now.[/p][/quote]Its probably in the Indian ocean with the crash plane. Its another mystery. Southend Badman
  • Score: 0

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